Friday, February 17, 2012

African Music from Mali

Today, Lanssine came to show us his musical instruments from his native country, Mali. It was fun watching Lanssine play rhythms and music on these unique instruments and we enjoyed having the chance to try them ourselves. Lanssine told us the history of the instruments. For example, he explained how the instrument that resembled a xylophone -  le balafon -  was traditionally used by the people who served as mediators, like judges, to help resolve disputes. It was also used in the fields while people work to motivate them. Work becomes more fun with music! At the end of the session, we played music in groups of three or four students at a time using the different types of drums (les djembés).